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    by Androidius Written Mar 8, 2003

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    There is this chemical plant or something just beside the highway when you enter the city from east ( from Somerset West), and when you drive by it it really stinks even if you close all your windows.I dont know what kind of idiot decided to place that thing at the entrance of the city. stinky welcome, huh

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  • May 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Sigh... thanks for the laugh guys. I had never realised my hometown was this 'dangerous'. Speaking as a young chick that drives a car (not a horse and cart), I often stop at red lights at NIGHT, or in the day, whenever I come across one actually. And SURPRISE, but I have never been hijacked, mugged, etc.
    The lasers only appear after one has taken really cheap drugs, or if you happen to find yourself in a Star Wars convention, but that too could be the help of cheap drugs.
    Any smart person would know not to venture into the townships, only exception would be Mzoli's in Gugulethu, but I agree on not staying too late.
    A bit of a geography lesson, Cape Town is made up of the mountain areas, the sea areas and everything in the middle. That middle is The Cape Flats! (Really simple actually, comparison of land to sea to mountain).
    Also, seeing as only South Africans speak Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Zulu, etc. It would be wise for you to speak English to South Africans, especially when in Cape Town. Chances are, tourists that cannot communicate properly will be easy targets.
    Cape Town is awesome. You can wake up to a mountain hike, cool down at the beach, lunch just about anywhere, go for a bit of a shopping spree, and end the night off in a club. Also, find a bunch of SMART friends to travel with, lose and find yourselves in the Mother City.
    Don't be discouraged by a few whom have been reckless on their ventures down south in the Cape. If you look like an easy target, you probably will be...
    Oh and on that note of dressing 'poor', dude if you wanna kick it like a hobo then that's your prerogative. We have ipads, cars, gucci, buildings... heck we even have electricity and wifi lol
    I hope this helps any intelligent people out there in your first world countries... Peace and have a blessed stay down south!

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      May 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Write some positive reviews and that'll help those "intelligent people" a whole lot more, very few will read this :-) Welcome to VT !!

  • Aug 21, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    hahahaha, you guys are exhegerating all this.

  • Jun 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    guys really? South Africa may not be the safest place on the planet but Cape Town is not as half as dangerous as u making out to be on this forum!!! all the millions of people who live in Cape Town are dumb idiots hey? that's why they don't go out to some of the top restaurants in country and some even the world. Being a bit safe is good but telling people to go out only during the day and that also dress poor? i have seen people wear designer brands in Cape Town and now dressing poor is good for you? and an iPad, are you sure you are from South Africa? hundreds of thousands of people use iPads, iPhone and all the fancy technology in S.A. Don't believe all you read here. Cape Town is great and i am from Pretoria and i am perfectly safe here as well.

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      Jun 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      This is not a forum. This is the Cape Town Travel Guide, where people post reviews and tips about their personal experiences in the city. Perhaps you would like to add some tips and reviews about your experiences in Cape Town, to help balance the opinions?

    • Apr 3, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      seriously republic is the most dangerous and high crime night club to avoid in capetown,i mean i have seen the owner from fighting with female clients or girlss who dont like him to undersessing,ifullyunderstand its a gay pub but not ways ......

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    Jan 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    To We5Ad, why in sam's hill would you bring an iPad to South Africa? Imagine you are poor, hungry, and selling one piece of electronic equipment could feed your family for a week, and you saw some idiot tourist flashing their brand new iPad about, are you telling me you wouldn't steal it? There are worse things that could have happened, anywhere in the world, and just because your friend's iPad was stolen does not make South Africa a hell hole. But I mean seriously, what purpose would an iPad serve? I fail to see it's use in our culture, let alone their's. And I feel like it's worth mentioning that I live in a smaller city in Canada, where there have been huge dangerous riots complete with cop cars ablaze and propane tanks being thrown into a huge fire, street fights against racist neo-nazis, murders, robbings and stabbings happen everyday. And this is in the apparently safe province of Ontario. We have a higher murder rate per capita than Toronto, the biggest major city near us. I have lived here for 20 years, however, and I'm still alive somehow.

    • PaulS170's Profile Photo
      Jan 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM

      "why in sam's hill would you bring an iPad to South Africa",

      I honestly find that statement to be offensive, you make it sound as if South Africa is some backwater jungle where something like an iPad would be completely useless.

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